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Perfumeries of Words: My Memorization Practice


 by Susan McCaslin This essay about poetry is written by Wood Lake’s author Susan McCaslin. Readers may also be interested in our latest poetry bundle:https://www.woodlakebooks.com/search/results/inventory/Books/Book-Bundles/Poetry-Bundle. Perfumeries of Words: My Memorization Practice[i] Since retiring from teaching English and Creative Writing at a community college in 2007, I’ve developed a fairly regular practice of memorizing poems while walking […]

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Beautiful Bodies


by Donna Sinclair It’s one of the Lenten readings this year, from Paul’s letter to the Romans. “But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.” As we chose our assignments for a much-loved congregational tradition — a collection of reflections by members […]

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Haunting the Stacks


 by Susan McCaslin This short essay written by Wood Lake author Susan McCaslin first appeared in Dialogue Magazine: “Haunting the Stacks” in the column “Resonance” in Dialogue, Winter 2017, p. 41.   http://www.dialogue2.ca/susan-mccaslin-haunting-the-stacks.html Many writers I most love were avid readers as children or became so at some point in their lives. For me as a […]

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Who is the God We Need Now?


by Donna Sinclair One of the great pleasures of retirement is having time to re-read authors who have been enriched your life over the years. After listening to the Trump inauguration speech, with its warlike image of a God who blesses America but not, apparently, Muslims, refugees, or the rest of the world, I felt […]

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Femmes Fatales and the Female Muse: John Keats and the Feminine


 by Susan McCaslin This short essay written by Wood Lake author Susan McCaslin first appeared in Dialogue Magazine: “Femmes Fatales & the Female Muse: John Keats and the Feminine,” in Dialogue, Nanaimo, BC, Winter 2016-17, Vol. 30, No. 2, 5-6.   http://tinyurl.com/dialogueV30-N2 I first discovered the poetry of the Romantic poet John Keats (1795-1821) in […]

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Stories For A Sleepless Night


by Donna Sinclair Like many others, I’ve had a few sleepless nights lately. Our neighbours to the south have democratically elected a mendacious, racist, misogynist as their next president. We now share a continent and an atmosphere with an extraordinarily powerful leader who believes that climate change is “an expensive hoax.” And he will shortly […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! SCIENCE 10 Things to know about the special Harvest Moon Each year as summer in the Northern Hemisphere slowly slips into autumn, we have the September full moon to shine her luminous light on the change of […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! SOCIETY The Joy of Little Libraries Small in scale, but big on fun, small street libraries are bringing families and communities together…Read Full Article From local parent BIBLE STUDY Can An Atheist Believe in God? What makes […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! ENVIRONMENT Revenge of the goldfish! Dumped pets growing into giant monsters Who doesn’t love the idea of releasing the poor goldfish, who has spent his life swimming around in bowl-shaped circles, into the great wet wild? The […]

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“Hate Cannot Drive Out Hate”


By Dwight Lee Wolter Originally posted on patheos.com “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence ~ adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I speak what I […]

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